J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing opens today

The Museum of Flight today announced that it raised $1,754,150 at last night's Wings of Heroes Gala. The black-tie event was held in celebration of the opening today of the J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing - an 88,000-square-foot addition to the Museum showcasing 28 World War I and World War II fighter planes.

The Wings of Heroes Gala was attended by more than 1,200 guests, who enjoyed a Procession of Honor consisting of 65 American Fighter Aces and six aviators who received the nation's highest military award, the Medal of the Honor. Representatives of the famous Flying Tigers and Tuskegee Airmen of World War II were also in attendance.

The gala's gross receipts are the largest ever at a non-auction fundraising event in the Seattle area. The total reflects a combination of table sponsorships, individual ticket sales and a "Raise-Your-Paddle" appeal made during the evening. The funds will be used to support the Museum's educational programming.

The J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing opens to the public at 10 a.m. today - on the 60th anniversary of D-Day. An official grand opening ceremony featuring remarks by U.S. Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will take place at 11 a.m., followed by flyovers of World War II vintage aircraft beginning at 12:20 p.m.


The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 145 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the Red Barn(r) - the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Company. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 100,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is one of only 750 museums in the nation and nine in Washington State that are fully accredited by the American Association of Museums.